This outrageous sh*t should not be happening in 2016. An oil company turned a field in Nevada into 1960s Alabama this weekend, when they attacked peaceful Native American protesters with vicious dogs and sprayed them with mace.
The protesters have been trying to stop the construction of an oil pipeline that would travel through sacred sites and under the Missouri River. Protesters argue that if the pipeline were to leak, it would poison the only water source for the Standing Rock Sioux reservation and everyone else who relies on the river for their water. The tribe also says that there are multiple sites of “significant cultural and historic value” that lie directly in the path of the pipeline.
A federal lawsuit has been filed in an attempt to stop the pipeline on the grounds that treaties require the tribe to be consulted. This never happened, but permission was given for construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) to begin anyway. A federal judge is expected to make a ruling by Sept 9, but in the meantime, bulldozers continue to plow through the tribe’s sacred sites.
— Democracy Now! (@democracynow) September 4, 2016
On Saturday, all hell broke loose when the oil company hired a private security company who showed up to confront the more than 200 protesters with vicious dogs. Protesters were left bleeding from the brutal bites the dogs inflicted. They were also struggling to breathe and washing out their eyes after they were sprayed with pepper spray.
— Winnie Wong (@WaywardWinifred) September 4, 2016
Tribal spokesman Steve Sitting Bear said that six people had been savagely bitten by the dogs, including a young child. He also said that at least 30 people had to be treated after they were pepper sprayed.
"Yes, that is the blood of peaceful protestors on this dog's mouth." – Sacred Stone Camp pic.twitter.com/WkIXPcX3xQ
— Shadi Rahimi (@shadirahimi) September 4, 2016
They say that those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Well, it looks like nothing was learned in Birmingham or Selma during the 60s. Looking at these images, it is hard not to instantly flashback to 1963 when dogs were used against peaceful protesters in Birmingham during the Civil Rights Movement. Two years later, it happened again during Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic march from Selma to Montgomery. When it comes to things like social injustice and attacks on those who dare to protest, it sometimes feels like we are living in a sick and twisted version of Groundhog Day.
You can watch more on Saturday’s vicious attacks on the Native American protesters in the videos below.
— Eduardo Samaniego (@EduSamani) September 4, 2016
Featured image via Twitter